Death Valley may just have recorded the hottest temperature on Earth since 1913


The Valley of Death was the hottest place on the planet on Sunday. If checked, it could be the hottest temperature recorded in the world since 1913.

The hottest, driest and lowest national park in California and Nevada recorded a preliminary high temperature of 54.4 C (130 F) on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The previous all-time record reported over 100 years ago was also recorded in Death Valley.

It will be just as hot Monday in Death Valley with a predicted high of 129 F, according to the NWS. The agency is warning people living in eastern California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah to limit their time outdoors between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Nearly 60 million people in the United States, from Arizona to the Canada-U.S. Border, are subject to a heat advisory, watch or warning this week, the CNN meteorologist Tyler Mauldin. The heat is a result of the high pressure that has built up over much of the west coast.

The summer has been sweltering for much of the United States – last month was the hottest July on record for seven east coast states, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Not to be outdone, Death Valley also reported a high of 128 F last month – its hottest temperature (until this month) since 2013, NOAA reported.


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